Wildflowers, wildlife and wild times! WildLife Partners!
Wildflowers, wildlife and wild times! WildLife Partners!
I’ve said it many times before but will never stop saying it, our partners are the best. The relationships we’ve built over the last 3 years are nothing short of amazing and something I will always cherish and be thankful for. March and April in South Texas are generally filled with incredible weather, blooming wildflowers and lots of new babies being born on the ranches. With many other places across America still being cold and even dreary, that makes it the perfect time for partners to visit from all across America. Over the last couple of months, we have had visitors from Wyoming, California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland and Texas. From one of one to full family affairs, the love of the animals and the work we are doing together to apply a capitalistic approach to conservation can’t be beaten. The pictures say it all.
That sure may sound like a weird combo but around the WildLife Partners’ facilities, they make complete sense. Over the last 3 months we have acquired several groups of Bongo Antelope giving us and our partners one of the largest combined herds anywhere in North America. including the offspring we’ve already have, we now have more than 35 total Bongo with many more to come. Indian artifacts may not have anything to do with WildLife Partners directly but don’t tell that to Frank and Ann from Upstate New York. These partners and dear friends visit each year several times with the bulk of it being spent looking for artifacts.
Anyone who has spent much time around Safari Club International, Dallas Safari Club and/or Houston Safari Club, knows January is convention month. People from all over the world descend on Reno, Dallas and Houston over the course of 3-4 weeks. These conventions are filled with conservation minded people from all walks of life. Whether its art, clothing, firearms, safaris, visiting with Kevin “Doctari” Robertson or to talk about how you can make a direct impact on the conservation of threatened and endangered species from all over the world, you can find it at all of these shows. At WildLife Partners, we are very fortunate to have the partners we do, and they love spending time in our booth sharing their experiences they’ve had with us. This is always an awesome (and tiring) way to kick off each New Year.
As every year approaches the holiday season, I can’t help but to reflect on the year it has been. It seems to hit me at church on Christmas Eve as we sing Silent Night under the light of only candles. I’m not sure why its that one moment each year, but it has been that way for a long time.
2018 was one of those incredible rides to include many highs and lows, many lessons learned and problems solved. We are in what I believe is one of the most rewarding businesses in the world. Not only is it profitable, but we are doing something to help the world while doing it. What we are all doing together is something that is truly amazing.
We are blessed with incredible investment partners, ranch and zoo customers and a staff that is second to none that make it all possible.
I thank you all and hope you have a great holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Over the last 6 weeks and into early next year, our Animal Capture and Transport team has been and will be going 6 days a week as we fulfill purchases for our Exotic Breeding Partnerships. We have secured animals purchases in excess of $2,500,000 and they include some of the most rare and valuable species in the United States.
Species included in these purchases are Roan Antelope, Sable, Kudu, Bongo, Markhor, Giraffe, Nubian Ibex, Nile Lechwe, Black Wildebeest, Gemsbok, Grant’s Gazelle, Nyala, Springbok, Thomson Gazelle and many more.
The last 2 months have been absolutely crazy with very wet weather across most of Texas. As you many have seen or experienced personally, there have been record rains for the last 2 months. These rains created almost a 2nd Spring as the grasses, brush and even wildflowers have flourished all over both ranches.
The animals seem to love all the new cover and babies are being born on what seems like each and every day. These pictures never get old.
When we first started WildLife Partners more than 2 years ago, we never thought we would have Cape Buffalo at all, much less become one of the largest owners in the world outside of Africa. We recently moved all of the Cape Buffalo at our Mountain Home facility down to our Pettus facility where they will have much more room to roam. As you will see in these pictures this is no light undertaking. Our staff did an amazing job with the entire process.
Over the last several weeks, we’ve had numerous visits from both current partners and new ones who have just joined us in one of our breeding partnerships. For some people this is their first visit to our facilities and as all others have experienced, they can’t help but leave with smiles from ear to ear. Over the last month, we’ve had numerous new babies including 3 Grevy Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Bongo, Kudu, Dama Gazelle, Nile Lechwe, Cape Buffalo and many more. And the rains we’ve been getting haven’t been bad either. Pretty rare to see it this green in early September.
Here are a few pics from a Labor Day visit along with some great recent pictures from Dan Verrips.
We were contacted early this year by a producer from ABC’s Nightline television show. They were working on a story about how ranches in Texas were acting as Noah’s Ark and helping save species of wildlife from all over the world from extinction. We feel the coverage did a great job at giving an unbiased look at the multi-faceted industry that exist today in Texas.
A full version of the story can be found here: ABC News NightLine